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Map Tiles with Python + GDAL

After getting GPSDrive running on OS X I started looking into different sources for maps. The GPSDrive wiki has a couple of interesting pages about this: one on creating maps and one on map sources. The second page pointed me to the LibreMap Project which has a complete collection of  USGS 1:24000 (large scale) topographic maps for the […]

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GPSDrive on OS X

After getting GPSd to compile on OS X, I set my sights on GPSDrive, an open source navigation and map viewing program. When I posted about GPS a couple years ago, I installed GPSDrive, using the version from Fink. However, the latest version of GPSDrive on Fink nowadays is 2.08pre12, while the latest stable release […]

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Sign your email like Randall Waterhouse

Neal Stephenson’s novel Cryptonomicon is a fascinating book; I’m re-reading it for the umpteenth time and loving it every bit as much as when I first read it in 7th grade. One thing that caught my attention on this reading (especially in light of my recent GPS post) is the way that one of the main […]

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GPSd under OS X (revisited)

It’s been almost 2 and half years since I originally posted about GPSd and OS X. That post got quite a bit of traffic for a while, but a whole lot has changed since then. If you’re interested in some in-depth background information, you should check out the old post; this post is mostly about […]

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M-Set update

So, I know that I’ve been harping on this a bit, but I’ve re-written my M-Set renderer in C, so it’s faster, and I’ve added a few more command line flags to make it easier to use. Get the code here.

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More Mandelbrot

I just recently revisited the M-Set code from my Perl Snippets post. The code I had was pretty ugly, so I decided to rewrite it in Python. The result is not only a lot cleaner and easier to understand, but it’s also a lot faster: $ time python mandel.py > \dev\null real 0m0.051s user 0m0.036s […]

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Conky Calendar with Date Highlight

Since I got a new desktop a month or so ago, I’ve been running Ubuntu as my main operating system, and am using Conky for a nice heads-up-display. There are a lot of articles on the web about both Ubuntu and Conky, but one thing I couldn’t find a good, accurate how-to on was getting […]

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iWork Autosave

So I had the wonderful experience this weekend of losing over 1,200 words of work on a paper because I forgot to save it regularly. I was really, really sad about that and really bummed that Pages, my word processor of choice (I love the formatting tools), doesn’t support either autosaving or document recovery. However, […]

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GPSd under OS X

Update 7-13-11: I’ve posted an updated set of instructions on getting GPSd to compile on OS X here; this post will remain for archival purposes. For information on installing GPSDrive, see this post. So I recently picked up a cheap GPS module on Amazon. It was about $30 with shipping, and I got a neat […]

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Getting Songs Off of Your iPod

In the last couple weeks, at least four people have asked me how to get music off of their iPods. The answer I gave all of them was Senuti (iTunes spelled backwards). It’s great! It does exactly what you need: takes songs from your iPod and puts them into iTunes, and it’s super easy to […]

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